Tuesday 10 December 2019

'I don't care if toddler is dead or alive', said dad on murder-bid charge

Alicja Kalinowska at court
Alicja Kalinowska at court

A father-of-one who denies the attempted murder of his partner told gardai who arrested him that he didn't care if his toddler daughter was alive or dead, his trial has heard.

Tomas Gajowniczek (37), of the Ice Rink Apartments, Dolphin's Barn, Dublin 8, has pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Alicja Kalinowska (30) at their home on June 16, 2016.

He also denies intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Ms Kalinowska on the same date at the same location.


Garda Peter Mullins yesterday told the Central Criminal Court in Dublin that he arrested the accused in the car park of Kevin Street Garda Station in the early hours of June 16, 2016, following reports of an assault on a woman by a man matching Mr Gajowniczek's description.

Gardai took him by car to Pearse Street Garda Station and on the way Gda Mullins noted that Mr Gajowniczek asked: "How is Alicja? Will she live? Is she going to be all right?"

He then referenced his daughter, who was two at the time and was in the next room during the alleged assault, saying: "I don't know if she is alive or dead and I don't care."

Following the alleged assault, Ms Kalinowska was treated for a fractured nose and injuries to her eyes, limbs and torso.

Garda John Paul Holland told the court that he went to Mr Gajowniczek's home on June 12, four days before the alleged assault on Ms Kalinowska.

She had called gardai complaining that her partner had locked her out and was inside with their daughter.

When officers arrived, Mr Gajowniczek opened the door, let them in and spoke openly.

Gda Holland said Mr Gajowniczek told him that he had locked the door because he thought people were trying to get into the apartment and kill him and showed the officer a hammer that he had hidden under a duvet on the bed.

He said he believed someone had spiked his milk with amphetamines and that his partner was having an affair. He also told the garda that he had been smoking cannabis.

Gda Holland was concerned for Mr Gajowniczek's mental health so he arrested him under the Mental Health Act and took him to a garda station.

A doctor assessed Mr Gajowniczek but did not recommend placing him in a psychiatric hospital so he was released that night and returned home to Ms Kalinowska and their daughter.

Following his arrest after the alleged assault four days later, Mr Gajowniczek was interviewed at Pearse Street Garda Station.

Detective Garda Nathan McKenna told the court that during those interviews Mr Gajowniczek accused Ms Kalinowska of being violent and being connected with criminals.


These statements were described as "nonsense" and "crazy talk" by defence counsel Robert Munro when he cross-examined Ms Kalinowska on day two of the trial. Ms Kalinowska agreed.

The accused also told gardai that sometimes he would hear the baby talking at night but when he checked on her she was asleep.

He believed that Ms Kalinowska had recorded the baby talking and was playing the recording to make him think he was going crazy.

He further told officers that he caused his partner's injuries but he couldn't remember how.

The trial continues today.

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